Our School

Gloucester HS

We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

General Information

Gloucester High School takes pride in the diversity of our school community and the dedication of our staff. Our motto “hard work overcomes challenges” is exemplified by the many accomplishments of our students both in academics and in extra-curricular activities. We provide opportunities to explore a range of post-secondary pathways including college, apprenticeships, university, and the world of work.  We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to welcome students and staff from Rideau High School and are now able to offer even more programs and opportunities for our combined students.  Gloucester now has a vibrant population of over 1000 students in a rich learning environment.

Goals and our School Learning Plan

We are committed to the success of all our students. We strive to create a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment that fosters the development of character and inspires our students to reach their full potential. Our staff is committed to working on their own professional development to enhance the learning environment for all students, improve academic achievement, student success and student voice. We have many professional learning teams that are working on evidence-based instructional strategies to improve deep learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Much of our work is based on the research of John Hattie and evidence-based instructional strategies.

We are honored to work with such wonderful, welcoming students, parents, staff and community members. Our School Learning Plan is focused on critical thinking, inquiry, and numeracy – we are very proud of the work that our students do as they demonstrate their thinking and learning every day – both in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities.

Special Programs

Academic programming at Gloucester High School is designed to meet the varied interests and learning needs of our 1045 students. For example, our language study programs include French Immersion, Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese. Approximately 300 students and 25 staff members have participated in trips to Japan over the past 15 years. Many of our graduates are D.E.L.F certified. We also offer Advanced Placement for those students wishing to pursue AP exams. Our Athletic Program boasts two Rugby related courses as well as courses in Girls’ Body Sculpting, Outdoor Education, Dance, Rhythmic Movement (Yoga/Pilates), Recreation and Fitness Leadership as well as Exercise Science. We have a large dance studio which is used for yoga, dance, and physical conditioning. Our Technology Department offers Design, Computers, Media, Integrated Technology, Auto, and Woodshop. We also offer a Specialist High Skills Transportation Program which has produced award-winning students in the CAA North and East Ontario Student Auto Skills competition. Additionally, we have an SHSM in Health, Wellness and Sport, Cultural and Indigenous Arts, and one in Construction: Electrical and Plumbing.

Students in our Cooperative Education Program benefit from the many partnerships we have established in the broader community. Our Science program has many community partnerships which include ties with both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and InSTEM programs (Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We are fortunate to have large science labs which hold a mini-greenhouse and extensive science equipment. Our Canadian and World Studies and Business Department offer International Business, Economics and Canadian and International Law, Philosophy, Works Issues and World History to support our students who pursue work or studies in those areas. Our Music department not only offers award-winning instrumental and vocal ensembles as well as dynamic wind instrument classes which seamlessly integrate technology into regular instruction but offer guitar education as well and the OCDSB's only instrument-specific Percussion focused class. The Fine Arts Departments at Gloucester collaborate on alternating bi-annual Musical and Dramatic productions.


  • LINK Crew leadership courses allow senior students to earn credits while supporting the transition of new grade 9 students to high school

  • Students in our International Certificate Program have had the opportunity to receive bursaries and participate in exchanges around the world

  • We host over 100 international students from around the world and our International Program Coordinator provides coaching for the IELTs

  • In addition to our excellent vocal ensemble and bands, we offer unique music and Arts courses such as Percussion, Guitar, Ceramics, and Photography (darkroom and digital) where we have had many award winners in annual Painting and Drawing contests (students were selected four times as the winners of the CHEO Telethon Logo Competition).

  • Every year we celebrate the accomplishments of student athletes at our Annual Athletic Banquet.

  • Every year we celebrate the academic achievements of our students at Awards Celebrations and the Spring Academic Dinner, where one of our accomplished Alumni speak to 100 of our top scholars and their parents about success

  • We have over 70 sports teams and clubs within the school and one of our former Reach for the Top Teams won the Ontario Provincial Championship.

  • Our Sources of Strength Team provides leadership opportunities for 60 students - providing support and opportunities for all students

  • Our location provides many opportunities for our students - we are located beside the Trillium Recreation Complex which includes the Wave Pool, the Earl Armstrong Arena, and the Gloucester Library. Our swim team and hockey team use these facilities regularly. We are also a short walk from Blair station for students who choose to ride Ottawa's new light rail or buses.

  • On campus, we have two gyms, a dance studio, weight room, spinning room. Our outdoor tennis and basketball courts have been recently renovated.  Our science labs are being renovated to state of the art labs.  Additionally, we have a new weight room, second auto shop, digital photography lab and a beautiful Indigenous Lodge.

  • Many of our alumni are well known Rhodes Scholars, Olympians, Journalists, Television Broadcasters, and Professional Athletes

Our School

Gloucester High School, home of the Gators, is a secondary school in the east end of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. It operates on a semester system from grade nine through to graduation and provides many program opportunities in addition to the Provincial Curriculum. Our School is a large, fully networked facility located beside a public library, arena, wave pool, and outdoor athletic facilities. The school is easily accessible by public transportation.

The Mission Statement of Gloucester High School is to provide each student with a learning program of the highest quality that is developed and delivered by an effective and caring staff.

The school timetable is as follows:



Day 1

Day 2

9:20 to 10:35

Period 1

Period 1

10:35 to 10:40



10:40 to 11:55

Period 2

Period 2

11:55 to 12:50



12:50 to 2:05

Period 3

Period 4

2:05 to 2:10



2:10 to 3:25

Period 4

Period 3

Our Students

Approximately seven hundred students bring a range of interests to Gloucester High School. They come from many local schools and from many other nations, helping to make our school diverse and dynamic.

Our students demonstrate academic excellence within the school, and in provincial, national and international forums. We have an excellent reputation for athletic involvement with many school teams and weekly intramural activities. In addition, there are a wide variety of clubs and activities, and our students are known for their community involvement, and support of charitable causes. Our Reach for the Top Team is a two-time national champion.

More than 80% of our students pursue post-secondary education in Canada and the United States, including those who pursue apprenticeships.

Our Staff

Our staff is professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated to students. Gloucester staff members have been recognized by universities in the city and the Governor General, for their achievement, as the school strives for excellence in education. Annually, members of our staff are recognized at the Capital Educators’ Awards. Our staff appreciates the strong support of parents and community partners.

Our staff has actively participated in numerous District-wide professional development activities in literacy and numeracy, and we recognize their initiative by providing and supporting opportunities for further professional growth.

Our Community

The Gloucester High School Council provides advice and assistance to the staff and administration of the school. Recent endeavours include developing school partnerships, resolving transportation issues and strengthening educational opportunities. Council members are also involved in committees as part of the Ottawa-Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC). Our School Council meets in the Gator conference room at 7 pm. A list of Council meeting dates can be found on our school website. Contact can be made electronically through the school principal at [email protected] for more information.information.

Mission Statement

"Gloucester High School provides each student with a learning program of the highest quality that is developed and delivered by an effective and caring staff."

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

Gloucester offers a wide variety of courses in many different streams including locally developed, applied, academic, immersion, enriched, AP, college, mixed and university, as well as a number of open level classes. GHS offers a Specialist High Skills Major program in Transportation, Electrical & Plumbing, Health Wellness and Sport as well as Arts and Culture. We expect our students to do their best each and every day, in each and every class, shop, lab or gymnasium. More than 40% of our graduate students were Ontario Scholars last year (having an average of 80% or higher), and a third of our non-graduating students reached Honour Roll status. Our Student Services Department works with parents and students to help make the best choices for individual students. Each year our graduates earn scholarships, subject awards, bursaries and special awards recognizing their significant academic and community accomplishments. Graduating students are eligible to receive certificates of achievement in Business/Technology, French Immersion Studies, Fine Arts and International Studies.

Classroom Organization

The school is organized to provide a complete academic program leading to a full range of opportunities for post-secondary education, apprenticeships and the world of work. The semester structure offers many opportunities for special coursework in areas such as Cooperative Education, the Fine Arts, Science, and Technology programs, and International Languages.

All classrooms are networked with Internet access and have audio-visual capabilities. In addition, the school is now a wireless environment. Computers are widely available for class and individual student use. Many classes are using the latest Smart Board Technology to deliver the curriculum.

Special Education and ESL Programs

Five levels of English as a Second Language and English Language Development are available (ESLAO through ESLEO) at Gloucester High School. Our Special Education Department offers support to a wide range of students with special learning needs including our Special Education Learning Centre, LD Program, and our Community Living Developmental Program.

Clubs and Activities

A strong athletic program offers a wide range of interscholastic sports and intramural activities for students with diverse skills and interests. Participation points can lead towards a GHS Athletic Letter. Special events are another area of enthusiastic student involvement including school plays/musicals, Leadership Camp, visual arts shows and many extra co-curricular programs. New opportunities arise each year.

Safe Schools Initiatives

A Gator education supports the safe schools policies and directives of the Board. Students focus on leadership, citizenship, and involvement in clubs, activities, and teams as well as academics.

Project Smile, Peer Mediation Training, Gator Power, Best Buddies, Leadership GHS, Link Crew, Peer Action, International Student Club and the recycling program are some examples of educational tools to help students focus on their responsibilities within the school and the community at large. Pride in our school, its people and programs are an asset in our school being a safe and caring place.

Facilities and Resources

The school has the many advantages of a traditional building. These include a large auditorium, a spacious lobby, several studios for the arts, a darkroom, oversize classrooms, dedicated science labs, two gyms, a weight room, a dance studio, multiple conference rooms, lecture halls, and a cafeteria. Specialty technology resources such as eight computer labs, hard technology shops (transportation, construction, electrical and plumbing) and music labs support the delivery of curriculum. Our Business Department offers a full capability multimedia conference room.

Achievement and School Improvement Planning

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

Our school follows the guidelines set out in the OCDSB Policy and Procedures for Student Evaluation, available on the Board’s website.

All grade 9 Math students write an Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment at the end of the course (January or June). Grade ten English students write the EQAO Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) during the second semester of grade 10.

The specific date for the OSSLT can be found on the school's website (gloucesterhs.ocdsb.ca). Successful completion of the OSSLT meets the literacy requirement for graduation. Senior students write district-wide examinations in 4C and 4U English and junior students write a district-wide mathematics examination in grade 10. Student achievement is also measured through the many contests and other competitions in which the school participates. French language oral and written competitions, the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF), history essay writing contests, physics, chemistry and University of Waterloo Mathematics contests are examples.

Our results on the International Advanced Placement examinations in May are a significant achievement. These exams are written in competition with students from around the world and are used by students for university credit and scholarship.

Arts students continue to produce great results. Our senior band is recognized nationally at level 4 Gold and our choral groups have been invited to perform at numerous local and international events. Our student productions have been recognized by the city-wide Cappies Awards Program.

Student initiative is encouraged and recognized from the yearbook and stage productions, to painting ceiling tiles, from letters and newspaper articles to a recycling program.

Each student should measure his/her achievement against their capabilities and work to enrich and strengthen themselves using the four Gator foci of academics, leadership, civic responsibility, and activities.

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

Gloucester High School’s School Improvement Plan is developed in consultation with stakeholders using available data and recommendations. The two main areas of focus embedded in our School Improvement Plan relate to literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and the development of learning skills and work habits.

We will continue to monitor results on International Advanced Placement, EQAO, and Board wide testing and look to improve. Development of our library as a resource centre, strengthening partnerships, and seeking additional community-based programs, are continuing initiatives and opportunities for our students.

GHS piloted the OCDSB’s LINK Program. This program pairs each grade nine student with two senior student mentors. Gloucester was the first secondary school in eastern Ontario to implement this innovative program aimed at connecting all students to their school. Gloucester’s success has led to the implementation of the LINK Program in all of the secondary schools in the OCDSB.

Our school facility supports improvement in student achievement. From upgrades, and renovations, to repairs and aesthetics, we will continue with renewal.

Staff professional development at all staff meetings has been a major focus for improvement as we recognize the needs of teachers new to the profession and those that have years of experience to share. An expanded teacher mentoring program and student teacher program in association with Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa are two projects we are continuing to emphasize this year.

Leadership Recognition


Gloucester High School is very proud of every student and recognizes their achievements. Our Reader Leader program with local elementary schools promotes early literacy initiatives. The annual Canned Food Drive donates to our community Food Bank. In our school-wide Terry Fox Run, the money raised has enabled Gloucester to donate over $60 000 to the Terry Fox Foundation over the last ten years. Our students also demonstrate leadership in athletics, where they continue to earn school athletic letters for every year they participate and play a sport. We also acknowledge our students’ contributions in our classrooms, school announcements, newsletters, assemblies, our Principal's report to School Council, and awards ceremonies.


Our staff members have a wealth of professional qualifications including Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education, Arts, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Sciences, Engineering, as well as additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language, Music, Visual Arts, Guidance, Law and Computers in Education. In addition, our outstanding support staff continues to develop initiatives to benefit all members of our Gator community. We recognize staff leadership via personal interactions with one another, letters of thanks, school announcements, school newsletters, assemblies, performance appraisals, and our Principal's report to School Council. Our staff believes strongly in the development of future educational professionals and to this end the GHS Staff was recognized by the Queen’s University Faculty of Education as the Associate School of the Year, and members of the GHS staff are and have been seconded to the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa as lecturing professors.


Our School Council meets monthly and has contributed financial support to many school initiatives. Former students are volunteering to share their athletic expertise with our students. We wish to thank our parents,guardians, and volunteers on an on-going basis for their strong support and attendance at our parent-teacher interviews, musical concerts, sporting events, drama presentations and awards and graduation ceremonies. We look for opportunities to acknowledge our parents’ contributions through the Principal's Report to School Council and school newsletters. We thank our community for their immense help with our Co-op program.


We recognize our community partners through our school announcements, school newsletters, school website, Principal's Report to School Council and thank you cards. We work in conjunction with the National Arts Centre, more than 70 co-operative education employers, the public library, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa to provide innovative learning opportunities for our students.

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